Such beautiful pictures this morning. Thank you for brightening my day. Always so informative. Purple Loosestrife is very pretty to look at (& see a lot of it around), but never knew the name. And yes, I've seen plenty of Blue Jays on the Sumac.
Once when I was a little girl, I was out riding my bike on the back roads. (Only about 10 yrs. old or so...yes, alone ~ but that was back in the day, we did those things.) I saw the "drupes" from a sumac and thought they were so beautiful that I HAD to bring one home for my mother. It was hard to break off (as I was standing on my banana seat.) Much to my dismay, my dear mother was not so enthused with my present. She proclaimed it was poison and to throw it away and come in & wash my hands immediately. LOL